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Tomba di Nerone, Rome

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  • In his "Lives of the Caesars" the historian Svetonio reports that in June 68 A.D. the emperor Nero, now ousted and hunted by the Pretorians, found precarious refuge in the villa of his rich acquaintance (the freed Faonte) located along the Via Cassia, north of the Town. His fate, however, was now marked: a group of soldiers surrounded the villa and Nero, lost all hope of escape, preferred to kill himself with a stab. The freed Hephrodite, who remained until the last faithful, witnessed his last vain glorious words: "Which artist dies with me!" As Servio Sulpicio Galba (the new emperor) ascended the throne, the Senate decreed Nero's "Damnatio Memoriae": all his memories had to disappear, the effigies, inscriptions, monuments dedicated to him had to be destroyed. However, relatives and in particular his devoted concubine Atte were given permission to keep the ashes of the deceased in the family tomb: the Ark of the Enobarbi Domizi, then located in an uninhabited and swampy area along the Flaminia Way (correspondent People's Square). Even after the fall of the Roman Empire, the ecclesiastical authorities execrated and demonized the figure of Nero ("evil persecutor of the first faithful") until he identified it with the Antichrist. The people, on the other hand, in the belief that the spirit of the character still hovered in the area of the burial, developed a kind of veneration more or less clandestine towards him. Especially for this reason, in the 11th century, Pope Pasquale II had the ancient tomb demolished by building on it the Church of St. Mary of the People. Nero's ashes were probably thrown into the Tiber, but popular superstition, hard to die, stubbornly continued to believe that what remained of the former emperor had been moved to another ancient tomb, located well outside the city, at the sixth kilometre of the Via Cassia. Some pilgrims continued to pay tribute to Nero in this "new burial." Probably the legend was artfully spread by the pontiff himself, in fear of a popular uprising. The sarcophagus then became known as the "Tomb of Nero" and the equally name still indicates the neighboring area. In fact, the monument, dating from 3rd century after Christ, contained the guiles of Publio Vibio Mariano (Prosecutor of the Province of Sardinia and Prefect of the Second Italic Legion) and his wife Regina Maxima. It can still be read in the inscription of the facade, which shows the biography of the character. The artifact, erected on the initiative of the couple's daughter, Vibia Maria Maxima, consists of a massive travertine sarcophagus istoriated by bas-reliefs and resting on a brick base, also originally covered with marble. The structure is crowned by a roof lid, enriched by some typical decorations in the shape of ogiva (called "acroteri") richly worked with bas-reliefs. It is interesting to note that the main facade of the tomb is facing the old Via Cassia, that is, on the opposite side of the current road. As is logical to expect, no detail of the monument alludes in the slightest to the figure of Nero. The site, protected only by a low iron railing and some metal nets, is now well within the urban circle. The conservation conditions are quite good. A small panel explains to visitors the real nature of the artifact and the curious legend that has developed around it. Also worth mentioning is the sonnet that the dialect poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli dedicated to this tomb: a hilarious and ironic defense of popular superstition.
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  • At the height of the sixth mile of the ancient via Cassia, on the right side, there was the tomb of Publius Vibio Mariano, erroneously known since the middle ages as Tomba di Nerone. Well outside the city walls, the monument today is located in the busy traffic of the modern via Cassia, ignored by passersby.
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  • This archaeological find is located on the via Cassia called Tomba di Nerone which gave its name to the neighborhood. In reality it is the tomb of the famous Emperor but of another Roman nobleman. Little visited but worth a go see.
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